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The East Jerusalem Hills

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It’s been a long day of touring East Jerusalem and getting a crash course on the ongoing silent transfer of Palestinians out of their lands. Our first day began with a tour led by an Israeli guide from The Israeli Committee Against House Demolition (ICAHD), showing us the “matrix of


Why I’m Marching with Jews to the White House to Call for a Ceasefire in Gaza

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Christians bear historic responsibility for the current catastrophe in Israel/Palestine, due to the destructive legacy of anti-semitism, Islamophobia, and imperialism. Alongside Jewish and Palestinian leaders working for peace, Christians must do our part to end the violence. So many people are grieving. In the past week, over 3700 people have


The Trilemma of Settler Colonialism

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The words “settlers” and “territories” harken back to the earliest stories that came from the Europeans who sailed to the “New World.” They have complicated histories which go back to our nation’s original sins of slavery and the genocide of indigenous peoples. But Americans don’t have a monopoly on these


The Rite To Weep Over Jerusalem

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A Tradition to Counter Historical Amnesia. For everyone following the common lectionary, this Sunday (March 17) includes what is called Jesus’ “lament” over Jerusalem, Luke 13: 31-35. His weeping occurs as the city comes into view in chapter 19, verses 41-44. Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is the framework for Lent,


Lent and Unrelenting Brutality

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A Reflection and Prayer for Ash Wednesday “Emergency” is the right word for the brutality that borders so much of our manageable, even comfortable lives. Today, a friend recalls the prophet Joel’s call: “Rend your hearts and not your garments.” (Joel 2:13). Lent calls us to see more of the


ACSWP Announces Call For Sermons On Jerusalem

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How do Presbyterians see today’s Jerusalem in light of the Bible’s witness? This call for sermons is exerpted from ACSWP’s triannual newsletter, Salt & Light. Sign up here to receive those updates.  As part of a study of Jerusalem approved by the 2018 General Assembly, the Advisory Committee on Social


“We Refuse to be Enemies”

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A PC(USA) International Peacemaker Preaches Hope for Israel/Palestine. In September, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley welcomed a PC(USA) International Peacemaker, Amal Nassar, as she led workshops describing her family’s experience living at the Tent of Nations (an organic farm near Bethlehem in the West Bank). Events were held at eight


Middle East Issues [12], GA 223

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Below are descriptions of each piece of business, divided into categories by topic. Each item number links to the full text of the resolution on, along with all official comments that have been submitted. Abbreviations Used: ACREC—Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns ACSWP—Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy ACWC—Advocacy Committee

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